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U.S., Britain Suspend Aid To North Syria

U.S., Britain Suspend Aid To North Syria | Egypt and Syria - Eric Thomas | Scoop.it
ISTANBUL, Dec 11 (Reuters) - The United States and Britain suspended non-lethal aid to northern Syria after Islamist fighters seized Western-backed rebel weapons warehouses, highlighting fears that supplies could end up in the wrong hands and...
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P- United States and Great Britain suspended aid to Syria

 

P- Crisis for FSA leadership (Free Syrian Army)

 

E- First offered money, food, etc. to the rebels fighting the Assad in Syria.

 

C- Movement of Islamist

 

S- Relationships w/ Great Britain and US suspended at this point

 

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As foreign funds run dry, Syrian fighters defect to anti-Western militias

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Syria

S- Hariri directs a brigade of 450 men in the FSA

 

NTK- What was the FSA

A- Free Syrian Army

 

E- Funds towards the FSA had fallen short recently

 

S- Some men left the FSA to join military groups linked with Al Qaeda

 

P- Continuation of suspended aid from both the United States and Great Britain

 

E- Millions funded to the FSA rebellion group to help aid soldiers

 

C- Men on leave consider joining the Ahrar al-Sham

 

NTK- What was the Ahrar al-Sham and its functions

A- Main fighting group for an Islamic state that is under Al Qaeda

 

P- Jordan (neighboring country) has supported aid to southern parts of Syria

 

S- Wounded soldiers using Jordian medical centers and facilities

 

S- Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates affilliated with Al Qaeda

 

P- Weakened by lack of aid and assasination of many militaristic leaders in the rebellion

 

P- US government worried about risk of arms ending up in militant groups to the west

 

S- Many men on leave from military due to lack of food supply and weaponary aided by some neighboring allied countries

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Egypt to Vote Next Month on New Constitution

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P- January 14th, 2014 as a day to vote for new political constitution

 

P- First step to support Egypt's first elected president, Mohamed Morsi

 

C- Islamic group, the Brotherhood, dominated the vote for almost 3 years

 

S- Impact public support for the military's control in July

 

P- Uprisings and protests within Islamists are not tolerated by government

 

S- Cairo Universities shut down as a result of these uprisings

 

NTK- What does this article mean in terms of , "referendum"?

A- A direct, popular vote among the people of Egypt.

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CRACKDOWN: Egypt President Approves Harsh Anti-Protest Law

CRACKDOWN: Egypt President Approves Harsh Anti-Protest Law | Egypt and Syria - Eric Thomas | Scoop.it
CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's interim president on Sunday banned public gatherings of more than 10 people without prior government approval, imposing hefty fines and prison terms for violators in a bid to stifle the near-constant protests roiling the country.
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P- President banned public gatherings of more than 10 people w/o government approval

 

P- Autocratic ruler overthrown in 2011, start of unrest

 

P- Three day prior notice to have gatherings

 

S- Due to the continuation and cause of civil unrest

 

C- Law governs place of worships, used by many Islamic people

 

E- Penalty of $44,000 for being violent at a protest

 

E- $1,500 for protesting w/o a permit

 

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UN: 250,000 besieged in Syria, beyond reach of aid

UN: 250,000 besieged in Syria, beyond reach of aid | Egypt and Syria - Eric Thomas | Scoop.it
The U.N. briefing comes as the international community prepares for long-delayed peace talks on Syria that will begin Jan. 22 in Geneva.
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P- Two and a half year civil wars killed more than 120,00 civillians

 

P- No progress within protecting civillians and demilitarizing schools and hospitals

 

S- Humanitary assistance rose from 6.8 million people in June to 9.3 million people currently

 

E- Cause of disease for lack of funds for vaccinations and medicine

 

S- Government has only met about 25% of humanitary assistance needs

 

NTK- What diseases had spread and who was affected by them.

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The Gulf War Over Egypt's Economy

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P- Caused when autocratic ruler was overthrown in an uprising in 2011

 

E- Rising cost of public salaries, heavy interest payments, and gaping budget deficits

 

NTK- Gaping budget deficits in terms of Egyptian economy

A- A decrease or insufficient amount describing the budget of the Egyptian economy

 

E- In need to borrow money from allies

 

S- The rise of the Muslim Brotherhood after the election of the president this past summer

 

C- Qatar saw Islamists as potential allies

 

E-Qatar pledged about 8 million dollars to Egyptians aid by the summer of 2013

 

 

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Egypt to look beyond US for arms: foreign minister

Egypt to look beyond US for arms: foreign minister | Egypt and Syria - Eric Thomas | Scoop.it
Foreign minister Nabil Fahmy said Egypt will look beyond the U.S. for its security and warned the U.S. to heed the popular will of the Arab world.
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P- Egypt looking for other foreign countries to help with unrested government

 

C- The wake of Arab Spring, it was about the Arab people rather than Arab government.

 

P- Egypt as a long time Arab ally

 

E- Egyptian military recieves $1.3 billion in arms and cash from the U.S

 

S- Egypt signed peace treaty w/ Israel in 1979

 

P- Suspended aid to Egypt, pending its progress on democracy

 

S- Egypt with the "Cold War Mentality"

 

P- Egypt trying to bring in 10-30 new partners 

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